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Sorcerer Import, Original recording remastered

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Digitally remastered edition of the German Electronic outfit's classic soundtrack to the legendary film Sorcerer, directed by William Friedkin in 1976. a remake of the 1953 film the Wages of Fear, Tangerine Dream members Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Peter Baumann composed a stunning Electronic score which perfectly accompanied Friedkin's imagery and was the band's first commission for a Hollywood movie. This edition restores the original album artwork and includes a lavishly illustrated booklet with new essay. Esoteric. 2011.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 27, 2011)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B005Q5WM6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on November 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is as fascinating as the underrated William Friedkin film. First, Tangerine Dream never saw a frame when they wrote it. Armed only with a copy of the script, they worked away until Friedkin received 90 minutes of music one day while he was still filming in the jungle. (Sounds like a good value, actually. An hour and a half of music delivered before the movie was done).
The result is a dark and menacing early electronic score that is unique. I wouldn't have the film any other way. The pleasant music that bumps along when the trucks begin their deadly journey is here, as is the energetic, sequencer driven bit when the Israeli forces close in on the terrorists in the prologue. And, of course, the sinister music of the end credits.
A good chunk of the music on this disc is not heard in the film, but the tracks capture the atmosphere and tone of Sorcerer. Note that the organ cue that appears several times (as when the truck explodes toward the end) is not TD but Keith Jarrett (one of his `Sphere' compositions) and does not appear on the disc. Overall, TD's music captures the spirit of the film; indeed the Sorcerer 'Theme' (which plays over the end credits) is entitled 'Betrayal'.
This is TD's first and most likely best soundtrack, featuring arguably the best TD lineup ever (Froese, Baumann, Franke). The tracks are shorter than most TD albums of the time; these are not the long compositions of Ricochet, for instance. Some of it is downright creepy; you may want to avoid listening alone in the dark. The atmosphere is mysterious, chaotic, and driving. Friedkin is very good at getting the right music for his films without using the standard Hollywood fallbacks.
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Of all the albums Tangerine Dream released in the 1970s, this 1977 score for the film Sorcerer is undoubtedly the scariest. In fact, even the photo of the three band members (Peter Baumann, Edgar Froese, and Chris Franke) depicted in the liner notes is somewhat disturbing and menacing. Interestingly enough, William Friedkin's liner notes indicate that the music was written without any of the band members actually having viewed any footage. This is an even more impressive achievement when you consider that Freidkin felt that the film and the soundtrack were virtually "inseparable". The CD is approximately 45 minutes in length and the music is spread across twelve, uncharacteristically short tracks. Each track is dominated by loads of analog synthesizers including instruments by Moog, ARP, and Oberheim. Mellotron use (including the large Mark V) is also very heavy and should please most mellotron fans. Although I really enjoy this album, the only minor complaint that I have is that the tracks are just too short - just when I start being drawn into a piece it rather abruptly ends. However, the compositions all convey the same brooding and menacing mood, so the momentum is only slowed a tiny bit during the pause between individual tracks. All in all, I would have to highly recommend this album to all general electronica fans and Tangerine Dream fans. Excellent stuff.
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Recorded before the end of 1976, and mixed in the spring of 1977, "Sorcerer" is the first soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. While William Friedkin directed the movie in the jungle, the tape was played for the actors to get the mood he intended. What's interesting is that Tangerine Dream recorded the music without seeing any of the footage. Indeed, since then it's been at times fashionable to cut the film according to the prerecorded sound track. Some of the tracks fit quite well, while others have no emotional connection with the corresponding scenes in the film. Still, they are compatible enough for the whole adventure to be successful, and one cannot say that about future soundtracks by this famous band that devoted most of their time in the 80s to cinematography.
Instrumentarium used to record this album is slightly restricted compared to "Stratosfear", but still remarkable, and deliciously analogue. The main instrument, the one that is dominant in this album is the mellotron; a difficult keyboard instrument that allowed playing prerecorded tunes similar to the electronic choir or symphonic orchestral glissandi. The trouble was, no tune could be played longer than 17 seconds, and perhaps that very limitation contributed to the variability of the musical landscape Tangerine Dream painted on this moody album. Moody, for it's quite difficult to listen to, and certainly would be astonishment for an everyday musical listener.
Since this is the first soundtrack album of Tangerine Dream, it should be noted that they freely used pieces and fragments of compositions previously recorded, and created completely new musical worlds with the help of these elements.
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I'm probably in the minority, but I'm a huge fan of the film "Sorcerer". No "Citizen Kane", but there's plenty to acknowledge: a harrowing story, great performances (Roy Scheider is outstanding), and Tangerine Dream's fine soundtrack. This music is right up there with Tangerine Dream's best work (before they were churning out new age music), directly following the brilliant triumverate of "Rubycon", "Phaedra" and "Stratosphere".
Intense, chilling, and often flat-out scary tones and ambient textures punctuate the score throughout, reflecting the tension of the film's grim plot. As a previous reviewer noted, 'Betrayal (Sorcerer Theme)' is a great - though relatively unknown - piece of electronica. Give this a listen, and hear where most of today's techno gurus got their inspiration.
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